My short story ‘Dionysus’ appears in this new anthology from Tickety-Boo Press, edited by Alex Davis.
There are ten stories – one for each of the ten commandments. My story corresponds to the first commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me…”
The Greek god, Dionysus, has always fascinated me, since seeing the Greek tragedy ‘The Bacchae’ by Euripides. Dionysus is an arrogant and angry god, demanding people worship him. Those that do are still punished. He gives his followers wine and offers them a life of sensual pleasure.
I’ve often thought that if Dionysus came to our modern world then he would be a rock star or a drug dealer. I have nothing against rock music – in fact I’m a fan of rock and heavy metal. But today, rock and pop stars, actors and other celebrities often come unstuck due to their hedonistic lifestyle. My story doesn’t moralise (neither did Euripides). Readers are free to respond to it however they wish. A parent won’t feel the same way about the celebrity their own child worships. The cult of celebrity is with us whether we like it or not. What are you going to do about it?
The Ten Commandments were laid down in the earliest days of mankind, a guiding set of principles for our everyday lives. For centuries these tenets have shaped our morality, our laws, our societies. But what happens when these commandments are tested – and even broken?
Step inside for ten tales exploring the dark consequences of stepping outside these most ancient and sacred of rules…
Featuring stories from Jeff Gardiner, Amanda Bigler, Clare Littleford, Stuart Young, Laura Mauro, Danuta Reah, Pat Kelleher, Mark West, Jasper Kent and Jacey Bedford.